My Best Christmas

Right after my eighth birthday in January, I began to long secretly for a bicycle. I watched with envy as the older kids whizzed about the neighborhood on their brightly colored beauties, with names emblazoned on the fork—Schwinn, Roadmaster, Raleigh. They were like thoroughbred horses, sleek and fast and beautiful.

The Art of Forgetting

We have called forgetting a weakness that should be avoided, but this is an art ascribed to God. The writer of Hebrews says, “… their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” If a person repents of sins and rightly seeks divine forgiveness, the record of misbehavior is not only crossed off the books of Heaven, but God actually allows it to pass completely from His memory. This ability that God shows us is so great that a good moral man and a terribly sinful man are placed alike in forgiveness.

Sunday School

Sunday School has a rich tradition in my denomination, The United Methodist Church. Even before the Sunday School movement started, our founder, John Wesley, formed spiritual accountability groups called Holy Clubs, which practiced spiritual disciplines of prayer, study, and mutual care for one another, When Methodism came to America, the Sunday School movement was taking hold in a number of denominations, and it became an essential part of the ministry of the Methodist church.

Boy Scouts March

On January 16th, 2009 a team of 24 Boy Scouts and 10 Scout Leaders traveled to Washington D.C. representing the Texoma Valley District, and Circle Ten Council of North Texas, during the week of the Presidential Inauguration festivities.

Dream Home

The couple had a wish list for their perfect home. They wanted a master suite addition, an enlarged kitchen, a pantry and a laundry room, as well as a den with room for a television that Lawrence could call his own private space. Peggy drew plans to divide the existing large master bedroom into a pantry for the expanded kitchen, a guest bedroom, a utility room, and a hallway to access the new master bedroom suite that would be added onto the rear of the house. After several meetings they finalized the plans to start construction.

Dog’s Best Friend?

From time to time we hear about a “puppy mill” being closed down. One man arrested said, “You can’t take them. Them’s my money dogs!” Texoma Living! implores you to avoid buying curbside animals and make the trip to one of the area animal shelters, instead.

Dr. Lisa Stokes

Dr. Lisa Stokes understands firsthand how important a smile can be. She is blessed and she knows it. Just mention her loving husband, two beautiful kids, and thriving orthodontics practice to see a radiant smile light up her face—a smile she is fortunate to have.

Hitting the Hip Notes

There was ice in the wind outside, but inside it was “Summertime,” as Sherman High’s Bearcat Jazz Band played the 1935 George Gershwin standard from Porgy and Bess. It made no difference that the venue was the Piner Middle School cafeteria; the audience and musicians alike might just as well have been in a tucked-away jazz club at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem or Preservation Hall in the Vieux Carré. It was proof of music beyond Hanna Montana. Jazz lives.

The Fireman’s Daughter

My dad, J.D. Bush, was a civilian firefighter, Crew Chief, at Perrin Air Force Base for 28 years. He retired when the base closed in 1971. I started to work for Chief Bill Palya in November 2001. When he told me that he was trying to get possession of the old fire station, I was thrilled.